Packed with gems of wisdom from the current 'masters of light’, this collection of conversations with twenty leading contemporary cinematographers provides invaluable insight into the art and craft of cinematography.

Jacqueline Frost’s interviews provide unprecedented insight into the role as cinematographers discuss selecting projects, the conceptual and creative thinking that goes into devising a visual strategy, working with the script, collaborating with leading directors such as Martin Scorcese, Spike Lee, and Ava DuVernay, the impact of changing technology, and offer advice for aspiring cinematographers.

Interviews include Maryse Alberti, John Bailey, Robert Elswit, Kirsten Johnson, Kira Kelly, Ellen Kuras, Edward Lachman, Matthew Libatique, John Lindley, Seamus McGarvey, Reed Morano, Polly Morgan, Rachel Morrison, Rodrigo Prieto, Cynthia Pusheck, Harris Savides, Nancy Schrieber, John Seale, Sandi Sissel, Dante Spinotti, Salvatore Totino, Amy Vincent and Mandy Walker.

Filled with valuable information and advice for aspiring cinematographers, directors, and filmmakers, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the art and craft of cinematography.



chapter 1|15 pages

Maryse Alberti, ASC

chapter 2|20 pages

John Bailey, ASC

chapter 3|16 pages

Robert Elswit, ASC

chapter 4|18 pages

Kirsten Johnson, ASC

chapter 5|14 pages

Kira Kelly, ASC

chapter 6|20 pages

Ellen Kuras, ASC

chapter 7|20 pages

Edward Lachman, ASC

chapter 8|20 pages

Matthew Libatique, ASC

chapter 9|18 pages

John Lindley, ASC

chapter 10|16 pages

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC

chapter 11|18 pages

Reed Morano, ASC

chapter 12|18 pages

Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC

chapter 13|16 pages

Rachel Morrison, ASC

chapter 14|20 pages

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC

chapter 15|20 pages

Cynthia Pusheck, ASC

chapter 16|18 pages

Harris Savides, ASC

chapter 17|16 pages

Nancy Schreiber, ASC

chapter 18|18 pages

John Seale, ASC, ACS

chapter 19|14 pages

Sandi Sissel, ASC, ACS

chapter 20|16 pages

Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC

chapter 21|22 pages

Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC

chapter 22|16 pages

Amy Vincent, ASC

chapter 23|15 pages

Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS